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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - New Zealand v India 1st Test

Match Prediction - New Zealand v India 1st Test

The 1st match of the two-match Test series between New Zealand and India will be played at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

In a total of 20 Test series played between India and New Zealand, India have won 11 and New Zealand have won five while four have ended in draws. The last series between the two teams was held in India which the home team clean swept by 3-0. The last time both teams locked horns for a Test rubber in New Zealand, the Kiwis came out victorious 1-0 in a two-match affair.

Apart from the pace trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner, New Zealand also have the option of going in with a five-prong pace attack by including Kyle Jamieson as Colin De grandhomme plays the role of the all-rounder. Wagner, though, isn't a certainty with him expecting his first child. The odds are high for Jamieson to make his Test debut.

The team's batting line-up is also looking solid with Tom Latham and Tom Blundell as openers and Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor providing stability in the middle order. Henry Nicholls and BJ Watling have dug the team out of holes many a times.

If you were looking for the best betting sign up bonus for this match and what to predict, then Henry Nicholls or Ross Taylor would be the pick for top run getters for New Zealand.

India have a very settled top order with all of Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in fine form. Both Agarwal and Rishabh Pant scored a few runs in the second innings of the official practice match. Pant will play ahead of Saha. For the opener's slot, Prithvi Shaw is the team's preferred choice over Shubman Gill.

India are expected to go in with Ravichandran Ashwin as their first pick among the spinners. There will then be a toss up between Ravindra Jadeja and Navdeep Saini depending upon the the team combination.

While Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are certainties, Umesh Yadav is likely to play ahead of Ishant Sharma, with the latter having just recovered from an ankle injury.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

New Zealand - Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner/Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel

India - Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win the toss? - India

Who will win? – India

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Cheteshwar Pujara (India), Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mohammed Shami (India), Trent Boult (New Zealand)

Most Sixes – Mayank Agarwal (India), Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand)

Player of the Match –  Cheteshwar Pujara

Team Scores Batting first – India 300+, New Zealand 280+

Match Handicap India

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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